is a United States
restaurant chain. The restaurants are located primarily in Texas
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Black-eyed Pea was founded in 1975
by Dallas restaurateur Gene Street
. Its first location opened on Cedar Springs road in Oak Lawn, Dallas
, and is still in operation there. The chain eventually expanded across the Southern United States.
In early 1997
, DenAmerica purchased the Black-eyed Pea restaurant chain from Unigate plc
, a British food manufacturer and distributor, for $65 million. At that time the Black-eyed Pea chain consisted of 130 restaurants, about a quarter of which were franchises.
On November 12, 2001, DenAmerica, now operating as Phoenix Restaurant Group, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This resulted in the closing of 48 Black-eyed Pea locations, reducing the chain to 44 locations (not including the Colorado locations, whose owners were in much better financial shape). In 2002
, under new management, Black-eyed Pea was reformatted as a "country casual" chain by adding more appetizers and seafood offerings, along with more grilled items as well as an increased emphasis on its bar.
As of July 12, 2007, Black-eyed Pea has a total of 50 locations, including 35 in Texas and 15 in Colorado. The Texas locations are largely located in the Dallas-Fort Worth
metropolitan areas, while the vast majority of the Colorado restaurants are... Read More